November 19, 2012
The two operators of a bogus charity who falsely claimed to be supporting the families of emergency responders who died at the World Trade Center on 9-11 have been ordered to disgorge $121,116 in donations, pay civil penalties and are permanently barred from working for any charitable organization in New Jersey, under terms of a Final Consent Judgment that resolves a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Jeff Chiesa and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.
The state in July 2011 filed suit against Mark Anthony Niemczyk and Thomas J. Scalgione for defrauding donors by using the monies to enrich themselves instead of giving it to the 9-11 victims’ families.
Under the Final Consent Judgment, Niemczyk, 66, of Tinton Falls and Scalgione, 40, of Manahawkin, admitted to committing multiple violations of the state’s Charities Registration and Investigation Act, including operating an unregistered charity.
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